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this is bbc world news. the top stories: america's attorney general cracks down on what he calls the staggering level of leaks cracks down on what he calls the staggering level of lea ks of classified information, since president trump took office. we will investigate and seek to bring criminals tojustice. we investigate and seek to bring criminals to justice. we will not allow road, anonymous sources with security clearance is to sell out oui’ security clearance is to sell out our country —— rogue. venezuela inaugurates its controversial constituent assembly amid fierce criticism at home and abroad. the world's most expensive foot although neymar speaks to the bbc. he says his move to paris saint—germain is notjust about the money. also on the programme, how this baker and single parent is heading for his third world games. welcome to bbc news. america's top
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legal officialjeff sessions says he is determined to end what he calls the staggering number of leaks from the staggering number of leaks from the white house. the stream of stories, many focusing on allegations of russian interference, in last year's presidential election, have deeply angered president trump. speaking at a rally in west virginia, mr trump called the russia claims a total fabrication. donald j trump! donald trump is never happier than when he is out of washington. this is where he belongs. an adoring crowd in west virginia, the problems of russia, collusion, special counsels and grand juries a long way from these country roads.
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pro—russia story is a total fabrication. it's just an excuse for the greatest loss in the history of american politics, that's all it is. he didn't mention the special counsel by name but had him in his sights when he said this. i just hope the final determination is a truly honest one. a grand jury is made up of members of the public meeting behind closed doors to consider the evidence that has been gathered. they can force people to testify or to hand over evidence. they'll decide whether the material is strong enough to proceed to a criminal trial. but crucially, they don't decide if a potential defendant is innocent or guilty. that is done by a conventionaljury. of course, it may be the grand jury meeting at this courthouse will come to the conclusion that the evidence doesn't add up to much
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and there is no need for further action. but the fact that a grand jury has been called is a sign that this investigation is intensifying and will last a good deal longer yet. and the other worry for the trump entourage is that the scope of the inquiry will spread as well. that is a source of fury. another is the endless damaging and revealing leaks from within the administration. today, the attorney general announced a new crackdown. this nation must end this culture of lea ks. we will investigate and seek to bring criminals tojustice. we will not allow rogue anonymous sources with security clearances to sell out our country. the president today visited fema, the federal emergency centre, to look at plans for dealing with hurricanes. it is hurricane season. and with this grand jury one could
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soon and with this grand jury one could soon be barrelling towards donald trump. well, for more on the attorney general‘s crackdown on leaks, here's our washington correspondent laura bicker. they have already charged four people, four suspects, which basically what they say is divulging classified material and all contacts with foreign intelligence officials. so those four people have been charged. but when it comes to the message coming from the attorney generaljeff sessions and those gathered on the stage, they have to. the first was for those within the white house who have been leaking this information. the message they wa nt to this information. the message they want to send, you will be caught and charged, or you will be fired. the other message certainly coming from jeff sessions, the attorney general, is to an audience of one, and that is to an audience of one, and that is the president himself. the club has accused thejeff sessions of being beleaguered adweek when it comes to these leaks, so when he was
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talking emphatically from the podium today he was trying to say the donald trump, look, i am doing something about it. the other message from the attorney general today was against the media because he seems to suggest he wants to crack down on journalists' sources. what has been the reaction to that? there has been a wide reaction to that. they are trying to review policy where media can protect their sources. they are trying to review our policies they may be able to subpoena, in other words demand, the media sources. that hasn't been written yet, it's just something they are looking at. at a number of news outlets and tv outlets here are already looking at whether or not they can challenge any prospective bill on this. also the aclu has already been gathering some kind of information ahead of any potential announcement and they've been
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gathering signatures. one of the signatures has been hillary clinton's daughter, chelsea clinton. interesting that the president is now on a working vacation. what does that mean? he is on a 17 day holiday. one of the reasons why this has raised quite a few eyebrows is because president trump has kind of put forward an image of being tireless. he can keep going for as long as possible. also the reason it has raised eyebrows is because of his former tweets. there is a tweet for every occasion from donald trump's twitter archive. don't take vacations is one. what's the point? if you aren't enjoying the work you are in the wrong job will stop that was from 2012. he was also critical of the former president, president obama. barack obama played golf yesterday and now he will attend a vacation in martha's vineyard. nice work at —— work ethic. remember his
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i7 work at —— work ethic. remember his 17 day holiday is at a golf resort. in rwanda, with 80% of the votes counted, the incumbent paul kagame is expected to win the presidential election with a landslide. the first results announced by the electoral commission show he's won 98.6% of the vote so far and mr kagame's supporters are already celebrating. they say he's brought stability after the horrors of the 1994 genocide. but his critics say he has ruled through fear. mr kagame has been in powerfor 17 years. venezuela's new constituent assembly has been officially sworn in, as tensions in the country continue to rise. opposition leaders have denounced the move as an attempt by president maduro to further expand his powers. katy watson reports from caracas. outside the parliament building,
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you'd never guess this was a country in crisis. hugo chavez's face and influence is never far away, in crisis. hugo chavez's face and influence is neverfar away, but todayit influence is neverfar away, but today it was about his successor. president maduro, who has remained defiant, despite the criticism heaped upon him about what many have called a fraudulent election. translation: criticism has always been here. but the people have been on the street 18 years, first supporting hugo chavez and now president midge ure who was legitimately elected by us. —— president maduro. this new assembly will have the powers to rewrite the constitution. there is little detail as to what that means in practice. but the new president gave a hint of what was to come. translation: we've not come to destroy the constitution. she added they wanted
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to re m ove constitution. she added they wanted to remove obstacles from the government's path. the assembly has been justified as the only way to bring peace to the country after months of often violent protest, but earlier on friday the pope warned it would only encourage a climate of tension, not reconciliation. on the other side of town it was another world. no government support is here. instead, several opposition rallies bringing people together to protest what they say is an undemocratic government.” protest what they say is an undemocratic government. i don't wa nt to undemocratic government. i don't want to live in a dictatorship and we are in education —— dictatorship. my we are in education —— dictatorship. my work is travelling all over the country and i can see how this country and i can see how this country has been destroyed by this government. protesters called for new venezuela, for unity. while there's a of deflated opposition, they say they aren't
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giving up. translation: defeated 7 translation: defeated? that isn't in my vocabulary. i was a political prisonerfor a year my vocabulary. i was a political prisoner for a year without having committed a crime. i've seen with my own eyes how people are in venezuela. human beings who all they print of was a different country. -- dreams of. the feeling here today is different to what we saw last week with roadblocks, confrontations between police and protesters, at what people here are saying today is they will continue to protest peacefully and what is needed most is patience. let's get more on that new controversial assembly. how much power does actually have? anatoly kurmanaev is the wall streetjournal‘s correspondent in caracas. it has absolute power. it can do
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anything it wants. it can write the constitution, it can hire and fire any public official, including the president, it can rewrite laws, it can do pretty much anything it wants and that's where the fear comes from because it is completely controlled by the ruling party. and it's controlled by the faction of president maduro. why was it the case that president maduro wanted to set the constituent assembly up? the short answer is that he could not control the logistical branch of congress, or the opposition, since 2015 he has gradually moved to take away powers from the assembly. but even that was an affront to his power. it was a sign that he didn't have complete control over the country, a sign of dissent. so he established this constituent assembly to supersede and supplant congress and also to show opposition supporters that he can do what he
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wa nts. supporters that he can do what he wants. as you can see, the move among the opposition is very deflated. many opposition supporters stayed home because they felt betrayed by the leadership. they can't believe this assembly actually took power after months of protest and over 100 deaths. you said that president maduro thinks he can do what he wants and he can, can't he? absolutely. we can. —— we can. he a cts m ostly absolutely. we can. —— we can. he acts mostly via the constitution. so we have an assembly and courts. what's been crucial to his control, he has controlled the supreme court. just minutes before you called the supreme court has removed from office or suspended the attorney general. a former ally of president maduro who has been very critical of the assembly who has come out against the government and right now they are read to suspend it. so this
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is just they are read to suspend it. so this isjust a they are read to suspend it. so this is just a shape of things to come, with this new constituent assembly. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. the united states has given formal notice to the un that it intends to pull out of the paris climate agreement following president trump's decision to do so injune. the state department said the us would continue to participate in climate change meetings until the withdrawal process was completed. researchers warn that half of india's nearly 800 languages are in danger of dying out. experts say children from linguistic minorities or indigenous communities aren't being educated in their mother tongue, and there's little incentive for following generations to keep the languages alive. he's become the most expensive player in the history of football. brazilian star player neymar has completed a record £200 million transfer deal with paris saint—germain. but speaking to our sports news correspondent, richard conway,
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he insisted it's not all about the money. neymar, finally in paris with a ball and the world at his feet. at £200 million, his transfer from barcelona is a world record deal. but when wages and bonuses are included, the final bill will be close to £500 million. but, speaking to me today, the brazilian star insists he has followed his heart, not his wallet. lots of people are saying that perhaps you are doing this for the money, that that is your motivation. what do you say to that? translation: i have nothing to tell, to say to those people. i didn't come over here for the money. i came here for the motivation of the challenge and the challenges. on the champs—elysees this morning, fans were happy to part
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with their cash. hundreds of them queued for hours to buy the new neymar shirt. the club is backed by the country of qatar's vast wealth. but its president thinks he has bagged a bargain. i would love to see, you know, in one year, and then, unannounced visitors much or not. today, until now, just in five hours, we sold already merchandise, like half a million euros, and this is just for a couple of hours. nice little bit of skill from neymar! neymar has been a star for both club and country from a young age but critics of this megadeal point to the vast sums involved and there are questions, too, over whether he is merely a pawn in qatar's efforts to spread its influence across the globe. the man at the centre of it all, though, insists he's simply here to win. what will be success to you at this club? the champions league? a ballon d'or, the fifa best award? how would you say, "i have made it here, i have delivered"?
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translation: i want everything. the titles. that's. . .i came over here to make history. psg want neymar to spark a new sporting revolution for them. and, leaving the stadium tonight, he was greeted by fans as their new king. stay with us on bbc world news, still to come: meet the baker with a lot at stake — can he pull it off and win the marathon at this year's world athletics championships the question was whether we wanted to save our people, and the japanese as well, and win the war, or whether we wanted to take a chance on being able to win the war by killing all our young men. invasion began at 2am this morning. mr bush, like most other people, was clearly caught by surprise. and we call for the immediate
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and unconditional withdrawal of all the iraqi forces. 100 years old, and still full of vigor, vitality and enjoyment of life. no other king or queen in british history has lived so long, and the queen mother is said to be quietly very pleased indeed that she has achieved this landmark anniversary. this is a pivotal moment for the church as an international movement. the question now is whether the american vote will lead to a split in the anglican community. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: america's attorney general crack downs on what he calls the staggering level of lea ks of classified information since president trump took office. venezuela inaugurates its controversial constituent assembly amid fierce criticism at home and abroad. job figures in the us
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have been released and they are better than expected. the unemployment rate is a.3%, that's the lowest since 2001. and president trump is happy about it. he tweeted: so, that's what president trump is claiming, butjust how good are these jobs numbers and can president trump take any of the credit? let's do a reality check. in terms of the numbers ofjobs created, the us economy saw 209,000 newjobs injuly. that brings the total number ofjobs created since trump's inauguration to more than a million, a nice milestone for a president who has always promised to bring jobs back to america. but, and it's quite a big but, there's nothing particularly special about the number ofjobs being put on.
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the average monthly increase so far this year has been 184,000. whereas the average for 2016 under president obama was 187,000 newjobs. and the year before that, the monthly average was a healthy 226,000 newjobs the bbc‘s samira hussain is in new york. right now what we are seeing is in the last month there has been a lot more hiring happening in the hospitality sector. places like restau ra nts, hospitality sector. places like restaurants, not really —— that signals that people are visiting the us and going out more and spending money, and that is really good. we are also seen that there is a lot more hiring happening at the business level, and that is also signalling something quite positive for the us economy. of course the
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question is, president trump is tweeting a lot about these jobs numbers, and so how much credit can he really take for what is happening on the us labour market? one point of comparison i can offer is that look, if you look at the depths of the financial crisis, when president obama was in the white house, we saw the unemployment rate was at 10%. fast forward to president obama's last days in office injanuary, andy and employment rate had fallen to 4.8%. and employment rate had fallen to a.8%. now we see the unemployment rate has fallen another 0.5%. there are some people who can make the argument that it is really president obama's policies that have really pushed the labour market to the healthy levels we are seeing right now. can you's election on tuesday is expected to be a tight race. —— can you. ——kenya.
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it is being seen as a major test for national reconciliation, you may remember, nearly ten years ago, a wave of post—election violence left around 1,500 dead. tomi oladipo explains all you need to know about this election. on the eighth of august, canyons will go to the polls, casting their votes for cou nty will go to the polls, casting their votes for county governors and the present across the country. whoever is elected will have two deal with a number of issues including public sector, drought in the north, the unemployment level, the cost of living and somalian jihadist militants. the current president, uhuru kenyatta, says he has achieved lots of infrastructure development, and hopes another term in office will allow him to complete them. but his main challenger says that these projects are over ambitious and raise —— drain the country's funds. he is running for the presidency for
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the fourth and probably last time. he sailed himself as a champion of the people and promises to provide jobs and bring down the price of food. perhaps more important will be the battle for can you's 47 counties, which controls a large portion of the country's budget. —— kenya. these races have attracted a large amount of attention. citizens have worried that funds for development of... devolution was a key component of kenya's constitutional reform enacted after the disputed 2007 elections as a way of sharing the country's resources inafair of sharing the country's resources in a fair manner tuohy ‘s ethnic tensions. in 2007 over 1000 people we re tensions. in 2007 over 1000 people were killed and more than 600,000 injured during a month of political
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violence following the elections. ethnicity is still a large part of kenyan politics and they are concerns that history could repeat itself. part of these fears stem from questions over the independence and efficiency of kenya's electoral authority. the commission was risibly overhauled to address these concerns but now critics say it is simply not prepared for the fast approaching elections. —— recently. it will be a tight race for the presidency, the result and its aftermath will be major test of the state of democracy in kenya. usain bolt and mo farah aren't the only ones making their last appearances at the world athletics championships in london this week. 39—year—old anurada cooray is competing at his third world games, but holding down a full time job in a bakery shop and being a single parent is proving too much. brennan nicholls has been to meet him. it is not where you are likely to
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find the likes of usain bolt or mo farah find the likes of usain bolt or mo fara h after find the likes of usain bolt or mo farah after training. but shrilling can marathon runner anurda cooray has no choice. he has two to a0 hours a week running around this bakery. i wish i can just hours a week running around this bakery. i wish i canjust training and marathon training, but life is like that. i have to work hard to help my family. the 39-year-old is also a single parent to six—year—old twins. the three—time olympian, he qualified for these world championships in london thanks to his results at the rio olympics last year. like bolt and farrar, he seems set to call time on his career. year. like bolt and farrar, he seems set to call time on his careerlj set to call time on his career.” have done three olympics and this is my third championship, the same, i did the asian games three times and the south asian games, i have won gold melbourne things like that. and i want my very end, i am just happy to end like this. anurda cooray is
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packing his bags for what he believes will be the last time in a shrilling contest. after london 2012, greg sponsored him through deal into games and if he can find that kind of support again he could make it through to the twenty20 olympics. 100 miles a week, a muzza week, i am olympics. 100 miles a week, a muzza week, iam running, —— 120 miles a week, iam running, —— 120 miles a week, iam running, —— 120 miles a week, i am week, iam running, —— 120 miles a week, iam running, —— 120 miles a week, iam running, iam week, iam running, —— 120 miles a week, i am running, i am training. week, iam running, —— 120 miles a week, iam running, iam training. i don't have the strength any more in my legs, and if i go one year to training properly, i can run really good times, same time, i can qualify for the tokyo olympics. that's it to me in the team, goodbye to now. whatever you have in mind this
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particular weekend, be it some rest for some play or this am, just more work, you are going to have to keep a close eye on the weather front, because there is quite a mix on offer. it is not a write—off, many will see some sunshine at some point, but in that mix come heavy showers and longer spells of rain and it will feel cooler. the weekend is not start on a cold note, which is not start on a cold note, which is in double figures in many areas. but from the word go we will have some heavy showers and thunderstorms initially in wales, and then buy a round the middle of the day off towards the midlands and then they push towards east anglia and the south—east. just about missing the south—west i would have thought further north, you have your own lot of heavy showers across the south—eastern quarter of scotland into the borders, and the eastern side of northern ireland, and burial abounds of cloud, —— variable amounts of cloud. having had that rather tempestuous start to the day,
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things will settle down, with one or two showers as you see through the midlands and into wales, all the while i think the southern counties, particularly in the south—west get away with fewer showers, but they will be there to be had especially as that pulse of heavy showers moves on through the south—east, and could affect the world championships, the evening events more likely to be dry. this ridge of high pressure comes through during the course of the night and into the first part of sunday, underneath that the showers quit the scene for the most part and the sky is clear and ends up being quite chilly, especially in the countryside to the time of year. but for many that equates to a really dry, bright start, certainly in central and eastern areas, more of this towards the west, another area of cloud, wind and rain. gradually working its way through northern ireland and pushing across the north channel into central and west parts of scotla nd channel into central and west parts of scotland and there will be the odd bit into the western side of wales, maybe a showery burst towards
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the west midlands. all of which is quite a long way away, from the community shield, arsenal taking on chelsea, that should be fine and dry. increasingly cloudy and fine and dryfor dry. increasingly cloudy and fine and dry for the most part. what news of the start of next week was met low pressure yet again as was the case this week, into tuesday, we see these weather fronts just working their way down across the country, and the isoba rs their way down across the country, and the isobars running from the south, no heat wave, and if you are looking for settled weatherford holidays, look away now. this is bbc news. the headlines: america's atorney general has condemned what he called the staggering number of leaks since president trump took office. he said the leaks hurt the united states and undermined attempts to protect the country. venezuela's controversial constituent assembly has been inaugurated despite widespread criticism at home and abroad. the swearing in ceremony came as president maduro's opponents
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clashed with police. health warnings have been issued across europe as the dangerous heatwave continues. in parts of italy, spain and the balkans, temperatures have soared into the high forties. the world's most expensive footballer, neymar, says hejoined the french club, paris st—germain, because he wanted a new challenge. now on bbc news, time for a special programme.
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